“Compare & Despair”

August 26th, 2012

This is a quote from an interview with Bill Clegg, the superstar literary agent who lost it all — money, lover, career — to a crack addiction. It’s a saying he picked up from AA meetings, but I think it’s advice I should  have tattooed on the palm of my hand to remind me that: I’m not a hipster and that’s ok; I’m not rich and that’s the luck of the draw; I’m not young and shouldn’t pine away for the past; I’m not a bestselling author, but I could write a book for pleasure any time I wanted; I’m not a beauty but I have a beautiful life. Whenever I compare myself to someone else, I inevitably come out on the minus side because let’s face it, we never compare ourselves to someone we don’t envy. Ever since I read this quote, it’s been my go-to mantra whenever I start to enter myself in the beauty pageant of Good/Better/Best.

4 Responses to ““Compare & Despair””

  1. This post is perfect for me in the slightly sticky place I’m in right now.

    “Compare & Despair” Why have it tattoed on our hands when we could have it tattooed on our breasts and get a good laugh as well as good advice from it?

  2. Jackie says:

    Wow.” Whenever I compare myself to someone else, I inevitably come out on the minus side because let’s face it, we never compare ourselves to someone we don’t envy.” I never thought about it this way…

  3. claire says:

    dearest muse,
    the last line of this entry is BRILLIANT!
    the title of your book perhaps?

    miss you terribly,
    c x

  4. nikki says:

    you are so good for my ego!!!

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